Australia’s answer to Route 66 practically speaks for itself.

The Great Ocean Road is a winding coastal route of sandstone cliffs and dense rainforest hinterland that stretches all the way from Torquay in the East to Allansford in the West. While the region is famous for its Twelve Apostles, there are plenty of local secrets to be found if you’re willing to take the time: visit the iconic lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet, spend a night among the green hills of Apollo Bay, or walk through the treetops of the Otway Ranges. Just make sure to stretch your neck muscles in advance: there are head-turning views around every loopy bend. 

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The Twelve Apostles, Victoria

Twelve Apostles

Victoria’s most iconic natural wonder was forged by centuries of erosion and harsh weather, resulting in dramatic sandstone stacks that have been left marooned by the retreating coastline. A quick headcount reveals that of the nine original Apostles (forgive the misleading name) only seven still stand today, and the survivors face the constant threat of toppling. While many Great Ocean Road tours rush inland from Melbourne, take a few photos and are back home for dinner, our trips take a detour through Cape Otway and approach the Apostles from the sea. 

Experience the surf at Bell's Beach

Bells Beach

It’s an unassuming beach, like so many along the coast between Torquay and Anglesea. But Bells has nevertheless entered the global surfing pantheon as one of the best right hand breaks in the entire world. When winter hits the coast, pro surfers descend on this little strip of sand for the Rip Curl Pro competition (which is worth visiting if you’re passing by in March), but for the rest of the year anyone can enjoy the beautiful long breaks that roll in from the headland. There’s a surf school for beginners, with gear hire available if you need a wetsuit and board. 

Lorne, Great Ocean Road

Lorne

The biggest and most popular town on the Great Ocean Road is buzzing with visitors all year round. If you can forgive the frenzy, you’ll find Lorne is still a beautiful pit stop – a place to grab a homemade vanilla slice from the bakery, enjoy a spot of surfing near the point, or head into the hinterland for a stroll. Nearby Erskine Falls is a secluded gem, cascading down a natural rock face and getting lost in the thick Otways forest, and there’s always fishing to be found in the river estuary. Visit for a day and you’ll find there’s a reason the place gets crowded.

Hike through the spectacular Otway Ranges

The Otways

The Great Otway National Park is much bigger than most visitors realize. It stretches all the way from Anglesea in the east to Wattle Hill in the West, running parallel with the Great Ocean Road and covering much of the surrounding hinterland in a mix of dense ferns, eucalypts and even (in one spot) giant Californian sequoias. Triplet Falls near Apollo Bay is one of its more spectacular waterfalls, but there are dozens of attractions hidden in the trees. A local favourite is the Otway Fly: a treetop walk, deep in the forest near the Aire Valley.

London Bridge, Great Ocean Road

London Bridge

‘London Bridge is falling down…’ goes the famous children’s nursery rhyme, and, in 1990, that’s exactly what happened. The huge sandstone peninsula lost its link to the mainland when the waves below finally caused the bridge to collapse. Today there’s still an impressive archway left standing, although studies suggest its days are numbered. London Bridge can be found just beyond the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell. Visitors to the Great Ocean Road were once able to walk right out onto the island, but after the collapse viewing has rightfully been restricted to a nearby viewing platform.

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